Parrotheads officially lost their shakers of salt as the annual Jimmy Buffett parking lot tailgate and concert at Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater, originally set for Aug. 4, has been postponed to Aug. 10, 2021.
“I am really bummed,” says ticket holder Jennifer Davis, 44, of Babylon, who works as a nurse practitioner at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip. “But, I can’t say we didn’t see it coming. In today’s climate, it is totally prudent to avoid large crowd gatherings right now. And, of course, it would be very hard to socially distance at such an amazing tailgate and concert where the Parrothead family comes together as one. As a front-line health care worker, we certainly don’t want to be back at square one where we started.”
Joe Lombardi, 64, of East Hampton, who is President of the Metro Parrot Head Club, adds, “Parrotheads certainly understand the need to be cautious this summer. For many of us that means the Hawaiian shirts and grass skirts will be put away for now. However, members of the Metro Parrot Head Club are hopeful that the phased opening program will allow the Beach Bash we have planned for late August to take place with proper safeguards. Moving forward we hope that we can continue our community service activities in the fall.”
Another big show, the Doobie Brothers’ 50th anniversary concert, featuring Tom Johnston, Michael McDonald, Pat Simmons and John McFee, scheduled for June 30 is moving to Aug. 5, 2021.
However, country fans will be disappointed to find out that concerts for Brad Paisley/Jordan Davis/Gabby Barrett (Aug. 13), Brooks & Dunn (Sept. 5) and Chris Young/Scotty McCreery/Payton Smith (Sept. 11) have been canceled. Also taken off the schedule was the comedy show featuring Steve Martin and Martin Short (July 31).
The shows with undetermined status are Rod Stewart/Cheap Trick (Aug. 14) and Hall & Oates/Squeeze (Aug. 25).
Tickets for this year’s Buffett and Doobies shows will be honored in 2021. Those seeking refunds can visit: livenation.com/refund. Fans can check livenation.com/eventstatus for up-to-date information on all Jones Beach concerts.
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